A purpose built facility for the West Cork Arts Centre is planned for a site on the Caol Stream, off the Main Street in the centre of the Skibbereen commercial district. The building is to be accessed by means of a new bridge, which has been developed in this design as an extended public space linking the building entrance to the Main Street, and onto Levi’s Quay and the development to the north of the town centre.
A ground floor plinth contains the entrance foyer, workshops and art gallery. Further galleries, a performance space, dance studios, artist’s studios and offices are distributed in the upper three floors and reached by a ‘relaxed spiral’ main stair. The main gallery volume at first floor is expressed as a distinct interactive ‘media-box’, with an active digital façade for external messaging and exhibitions. The building volume was conceived as a compact box with each corner carved away to mediate with the lower scale context.